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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Bessie states that one day all nations shall dwell under what shadow?
2. How did the British refer to Botswana in the early 1800's?
3. What is the meaning of "didactic" works?
4. In "Despite broken bondage . . .," in the old days a woman was only regarded as sacred if she what?
5. In "Makeba music," Bessie states that she believes in what?
Short Essay Questions
1. In "A Note on Rain Clouds," what does Bessie state is thwarting young, idealistic, black men and their ideals?
2. How is Bessie's hatred of the white man lessened in Chapter 2?
3. Why was Bessie able to write in Botswana rather than South Africa?
4. When Bessie arrived in Botswana in 1964, what were the major differences that she noticed between that country and South Africa?
5. What was Bessie's first experience of racism in a black form?
6. In what ways did emancipation slowly make it's way to Botswana?
7. What is Bessie's opinion of Botswana men?
8. Why does Bessie consider Botswana the "most unique and distinguished country in Africa"?
9. In Chapter 2, why is the friendship between Bessie and the American woman painful?
10. How are Bessie and the American woman different?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Oppression stunted and almost obliterated Bessie's creativity. And yet, the musician, Makeba, seemed to revel in it. Why do you think it would affect two people so differently? Is it a question of passion? Does it create more passion for some and less for others? Do you think that Makeba's passion for liberation fueled her in a creative sense? Did she use the situation to her own advantage? Did Bessie's avoidance of anything liberatory or revolutionary deny her this? Had she been more liberal, might she have been able to write?
Essay Topic 2
Khama the Great had a great impact on the history of Botswana. What was his most important accomplishment? Why was he so different? What did he possess that made even the British, stand in awe of him? In a nation of downtrodden people how did he manage to have such strength? How did he retain this and not fall into the doom and despair mind-set of his countrymen? Why did the British give him rights that no black man had ever gotten? Were they not used to seeing integrity and strength in a black man? Do you think that they were afraid of him? What would have been the result for Botswana had he not existed?
Essay Topic 3
At the independence celebration in Botswana a student relays a story to the group. He says that when he shouted to burn the British flag, he was told that he was embarrassing everyone, especially the white people present. Why would anyone in Botswana care what the white people thought? Is Botswana held to a different standard because it's never been occupied? Do you think that some people think that they should appreciate the treatment that they've been given by the British? Do you agree? Do you think that the student's frustration stems from a perceived lack of understanding from the Botswana villagers of his passion for liberation? Does he look at blacks as one unified group while they are still looking at the situation from a Botswana point of view only?
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